Daily Herald
No timetable for Peavy's return
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 8/21/2009 11:08 PM

Jake Peavy will resume his minor-league rehabilitation assignment with Class AAA Charlotte on Monday, giving the White Sox' new starting pitcher a six-day break between mound appearances.

With Sox general manager Kenny Williams looking on, Peavy threw an extended bullpen session before Friday night's game against the Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field.

Peavy has made 2 rehab starts with Charlotte, the last one Tuesday when he pitched 4 innings and yielded 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits. Peavy threw 67 pitches and wasn't encouraged with his progress.

"It's frustrating when you're not out there helping the boys or at least trying to help," Peavy said Friday. "But the bottom line is you've got to understand where I've been, and that's just part of being injured. You've just got to be patient and understand that you can only do so much, and I'm certainly trying to do all I can do to get back as soon as possible."

When might Peavy join the White Sox?

That remains the elusive question, but the former San Diego Padres ace could debut when the White Sox host the Boston Red Sox Sept. 4-7.

"I can't say either way," Peavy said. "I don't know. I feel like I'm ready to pitch. I may pitch here, but if we think we need to do one more (rehab start), I think we're just going to sit down with Kenny and Coop (pitching coach Don Cooper) and (trainer) Herm (Schneider) and reevaluate on Tuesday."

Peavy plans to join the White Sox at Fenway Park in Boston after Monday's start.

Fresh troops: Rosters can expand Sept. 1, and Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he only needs another catcher and an infielder.

The catcher should be Class AAA Charlotte's Tyler Flowers, who opened the season with AA Birmingham and is batting a combined .299 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in 99 games.

The White Sox could just keep utility infielder Brent Lilibridge, who has been with the club since second baseman Chris Getz (strained right oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 14.

Quentin sits: Manager Ozzie Guillen continued to juggle his lineup Friday, and left fielder Carlos Quentin took a seat despite hitting home runs in each of his last two games.

Scott Podsednik started in left, Alex Rios in center and Jermaine Dye in right. Quentin is still running at less than full speed due to a sore left foot and bad knee.

"This kid, we all know how bad he was this year with injuries," Guillen said. "We'll give him two days in a row and he'll play tomorrow."

The Sox were off Thursday.